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Susan Kiddie, MMus

Burnaby BC | V5G 3Y3

About me

I learned the piano and violin as a child in Hamilton, New Zealand, receiving my LTCL in piano teaching and Grade 8 Trinity College of London in violin. In 1983 and 1984, I graduated from the University of Auckland with a BMus and MMus. During my university years and beyond, I took up choral singing and had private voice lessons with several reputable teachers, singing in choirs such as Auckland University Singers and NZ National Youth Choir. In 1985, I trained to be a secondary school Music specialist and taught Music for 5 years in two different secondary schools. I then moved with my husband, Peter Kiddie, to Canada in 1991 and completed most of my PhD in Musicology at UBC. In Canada, I continued my singing studies and gained my ARCT performers' diploma in voice in 2002. I have been a church soprano soloist at St. Andrews Wesley for 15 years and have made a CD entitled Memories of Prague which was inspired by a trip with the Pacific Singers as a soprano soloist to Prague and Southern Bohemia in 2002.

I love to pass on my passion for music to young people and see music as an essential part of my life; it is a hobby and a profession. It is my belief that all children are innately musical and deserve the opportunity to experience the joy of learning a musical instrument. There is much research that indicates that playing piano from preschool age maps the brain for the complex math and science operations that they will do at high school. Reading and academics improve significantly with playing the piano, just as they do with learning a second language. In this busy, overly-scheduled world, it is also good to stop and appreciate the fine arts.

For me, performing has always been an important part of who I am, whether it is conducting a school choir, accompanying a choir or instrumentalist or singing a solo. It gives me great pleasure to help young people to acheive high-class performances on the piano and I particularly enjoy being in the audience at my student recitals and seeing these young, talented students weave their magic on the piano.

Experience
As a child, I learned piano from Cath Garner in Hamilton, New Zealand and then as a young adult from Margaret Seagrave in Auckland, NZ; both teachers are very active in the Institute of the Registered Music Teachers of NZ at local and national level and are outstanding and gifted teachers. I played in piano recitals, masterclasses and festivals in Hamilton throughout my childhood. As a violinist, I played in the Waikato Secondary Schools' Orchestra and NZ Secondary Schools' Orchestra, as well as entered chamber music competitions. As a singer, I sang in numerous voice competitions In Auckland, New Zealand. In Canada, I gained my ARCT performers voice diploma with Bill Bourns and am currently having lessons with Craig Tompkins at the Royal Oak Conservatory of Music in Burnaby, the music school run by the famous piano family, Edward and Ian Parker.

In addition, to teaching piano in my home studio, I also teach Music in Coquitlam School District as an elementary school Music specialist. I am a choral specialist, love to direct school Christmas and Spring shows, am trained in Orff music and enjoy teaching the students song games. A highlight this year was being one of the conductors of the SD43 Torch Relay Ceremony Choir, comprising 550 students from K-Grade 12 who performed at Mackin Park on 11 February. Another highlight was singing in and being one of the chaperones to 56 Coquitlam SD students in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony Choir of 2,000 students in BC Place Stadium on 11 and 12 March .

I attend the weekly piano lessons of my two daughters with Mr Edward Parker (Grade 7 and 10 , RCM) and am constantly picking up pedagogical tips and much advice for teaching piano from Mr Parker.

I am a registered BC and Vancouver Music teacher, a member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ, a member of the BC College of Teachers and a certified Music for Young Children teacher.

My piano students perform in two recitals a year and the St. Thomas More festival (both MYC students and private piano students).

Specialties

I teach Music for Young Children which is a group piano program offering a wide range of musicianship skills, such as singing and moving to music, solfege, ear-training, sightreading, rhythm ensemble, performing, practising, piano technique, composition and much more. The emphasis is on fun and high-quality music instruction. I teach all 3 levels of this program, including Sunshine 1 (3-4year olds), Sunbeams 1 (5-6 year olds) and Moonbeams 1 (7-9 year olds). Presently I am registering students for September classes. Visit my website at www.myc.com/teacher/SKiddie for more information.

I teach all levels of RCM exams, both piano and theory from beginner to ARCT level.

Lesson details

For private piano students sitting RCM exams, I like to start off the lesson with some Technical Requirements so that the students are encouraged to start their practice at home with technique. If they are sitting a theory exam, I then mark their theory HW and set the next theory HW assignment. We then launch into their repertoire, interspersing that with some ear-training and sightreading. I focus on the repertoire that is needed for exams, recitals and/or festivals first and then go to the remaining repertoire after that. Every lesson, I note down in the students' HW notebook the practice tips for each piano piece over the coming week and what I will cover the following lesson so that their program is cycled through regularly and the student is motivated to practise all aspects of their program. There is always room in the lessons to exchange some jokes and find out what is new in the student's life and even in my life.

For group piano MYC lessons, I begin each lesson with the hello song and then go on to sing some songs with solfege (do re mi fa...) and hand signs. Next I mark the paper HW (theory in art form) and give a critter practise sticker for 5-7 days of practice, as well as a star sticker for any performances to friends and visitors. After that, I generally review or introduce the technique for the week (e.g. scales with chords underneath and/or a technical exercise, such as a five finger exercise). The rest of the lesson alternates between reviewing piano pieces practised in previous weeks and introducing and pre-teaching new pieces, learning new notes on the keyboard and staff through association with critter stories and puppets, doing ear-training and sightreading exercises with arts and crafts, props and/or visual aids, singing and moving to songs which teach various concepts, learning a new compositional technique, learning technical pieces called warm-ups and pre-teaching new concepts that appear in the HW. One minute, we are down on the carpet doing bookwork and then the next minute, we are up at the piano playing a fun piece. Towards a recital, we have solo time, during which time the students each have a short private piano lesson, while the other students play a music board game on the carpet. At the end of the lesson, I go over any HW pages remaining, run the students through a percussion rhythm ensemble and lastly, sing the farewell song.

Education and Accreditation

BMus and MMus (hons), majoring in Musicology and Composition, University of Auckland, NZ, 1983 and 1984

Dip. Tchg. (secondary school Music, with minors in French and English), Christchurch, NZ, 1985

Licentiate of the Trinity College London Piano Teacher’s Diploma, Auckland, NZ, 1989

Member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand, since 1990

Member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association, Vancouver, since 1994

Member of the BC College of Teachers, since 1995

Associate of the Royal Conservatory Performer’s Voice Diploma, 2002

Testimonials

"I have been with Mrs Kiddie for 10 years now. Her studio is a warm, open, learning environment, and she...

"We have been with Susan since Venice was 3 years old, starting with the MYC program and now as a private...

"My name is Sarah and I am currently in Grade 8 RCM piano. I have been a student of Mrs Kiddie for the past ten...

"My 8 year old daughter, Amelie, has piano lessons with Susan once a week at her studio. I am very impressed...

"Susan has taught all three of my children piano from Introductory to Grade 8 level. They have benefited...

Susan Kiddie has been the piano teacher of my two children, Carolyn and Steven, for 6 and 4 years, respectively....

"The Music for Young Children program has been a great way for Natasha and Adam to learn the piano. The program...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 5:30pm - 8:15pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:15pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 8:15pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 8:15pm
Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Genre

Classical

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method

Instruments and Subjects

piano
trumpet
violin
voice

Levels taught

Beginner

Type of students

Children

Languages

English

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